Dallas Stars Daily Links: Ten Fantasy NHL Rookies To Watch (Including Heiskanen)

TL;DR don’t sleep on a young Lion. Plus, Shoresy’s birthday, Da Beauty League’s summer stream, Marc Bergevin as the GM of your nightmares, and more.

Happy Friday, DBD! It’s oh so quiet on the Dallas Stars front, but it’s all the better for talking about the NHL rookies who are expected to battle for time on ice and fantasy cred during the 2018-2019 NHL season.

Ultra-prospect Miro Heiskanen has not yet made the Stars’ opening-night roster, but he’s already shaping up as a must-select, writes Rob Reese of NHL.com’s fantasy staff:

The Dallas Stars defenseman could provide much needed secondary scoring to a top-heavy roster. The 19-year-old won Liiga’s best defenseman award last season, the youngest player to do so in history. Dallas has a talented forward group including Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn and an elite defenseman in John Klingberg. With exposure to the aforementioned, Heiskanen is worth stashing on your bench in deeper leagues. He went undrafted in the mock but should be selected if he’s projected to make the team.

Find the entire sleeper list, from Rasmus Dahlin to Kailer Yamamoto. [NHL]

Heiskanen’s fellow Finn Eeli Tolvanen, already playing for the Nashville Predators, also made the list. There’s something epic about the fact that two players who are being hailed as the future of Team Finland seem destined to spend their NHL careers as bitter divisional enemies. Check out this hype video that plays up both the rivalry and the camaraderie.

Stars Stuff

July is a glorious month for Stars birthdays, and July 19 is magic time for Devin Shore. Welcome to 24, Shoresy!

Tyler Pitlick is having an excellent summer in Da Beauty League.

Former Star and DBL teammate Alex Goligoski joined in on the rinkside dad time, too.

The summer league streams its games, and Stars prospects Riley Tufte and Jake Oettinger are playing this year, too. Sean Shapiro gives it a thumbs-up.

Around the League(s)

Jeff Veillette tweeted an interesting conversation starter late last week. Who’s on your list?

Who Won The Offseason, Part 1,138: Writer and #fancystats cruncher Dom Luszczyszyn has posted his scores at The Athletic.

Also at The Athletic: They’ve gotten better over the summer, but the poor, poor, Ryan Reaves-less St. Louis Blues now wonder if they’ve become pushovers in the process.

You don’t have to be a Gordon Bombay fan to play for the Anaheim Ducks, but for Adam Henrique, it’s a bonus.

So Max Domi has been traded to the Montreal Canadiens and is already trolling the mortal fool out of tightly-wound Toronto Maple Leafs fans. What else can the Habs expect?

Meanwhile, Habs GM Marc Bergevin sent Alex Galchenyuk the other way – and The Sporting News says he could be the secret sauce in a big Arizona Coyotes turnaround.

As the Max Pacioretty situation continues to degrade, Brendan Kelly writes about Bergevin – a pretty solid candidate for The Actual Worst GM in the NHL – as a serial disrespecter of his star players, from P.K. Subban to Alexander Radulov. [Montreal Gazette]

Jaromir Jagr, rehabbing the knee he injured last season with the Calgary Flames, says the Czech 1. League is his second choice – but still a good place to be. His 10-game preseason with Rytíři Kladno begins July 31.

More awards for the Olympic-champion U.S. Women’s National Team: They won Best Game honors as well as Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year at the 2018 ESPYs on Thursday night. [The Ice Garden]

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars are restocking the system. They’ve signed LW and UConn Huskies alternate captain Spencer Naas, who played 12 games with the Cleveland Monsters last season.

They also inked a one-year deal with RW Brad McClure, most recently captain of the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks.


It’s always a better day when there’s a vacation tweet from the anonymous, vaguely hockey-adjacent genius known as Strombone (shhh it’s Roberto Luongo don’t tell anybody). Enjoy.